Ralph Taylor needs your vote tomorrow citizens of the 31st District in Dover! He’s up against city councilman Sean Lynn. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Taylor at the 4th of July Parade & Fireworks. He had his own booth set up, and he was busy the whole night meeting and talking with the citizens of Dover. When I got a chance to talk to him, I asked him what his views were on Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment. He opposes both, which always makes someone a fan in my book. But I asked him why, and he informed me it doesn’t make sense, the test makes no sense, it’s not good for students, and it’s not good for teachers and their evaluations.
Sean Lynn, his opponent for the Democrat nomination, is a strong supporter of Common Core and standardized testing. He was endorsed by Darryl Scott, the departing House Rep. Scott can be blamed for much of the current situations with education in Delaware, including Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment. He allowed legislation to go through that allows charter schools to get “performance” funds while our public schools have to wait five years for capital improvements. And now he is endorsing Councilman Lynn, to be his little clone. We don’t need another Darryl Scott, we need something new in Dover!
In a debate with Lynn last month at Wesley College, Taylor said “Education is the new currency, and students shouldn’t be held back from their potential because their teachers have to adhere to the Common Core.” His opponent Lynn, stated he is all for it, so kids “don’t have to take remedial course in college”, and had some shocking new information with his statement that “We owe it to our children to make sure they have what they need to be successful, 84 percent of teachers support it and so do I.” I haven’t seen that poll Mr. Lynn. Care to share where you received those facts?
If you look at Taylor and Lynn’s Facebook pages, you will see Taylor showing many endorsements from citizens. On Lynn’s page, you see Scott’s endorsement, and Lynn bashing Taylor. I know elections can be cutthroat, but I tend to prefer the person who talks about what he wants to do and has great conversations with people. Taylor is a retired policeman, so I could care less what his stance on gun control is. He’s earned the right, through years of service to the people, to have his opinions on the issue. Nor do I care that he is conflicted on the death penalty. This is a man who has seen horrific crimes in his 20 years as a Dover policeman.
So tomorrow, if you are on the fence, vote for someone who can and will make change happen. Vote for someone who actually cares about what our children are and will go through. Vote for someone who knows the high stakes this puts on teachers who deserve better. Vote for Ralph Taylor!